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La Palma & La Gomera

Two weeks discovering two superb islands for hiking.

  • La Palma

    Tenerife

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  • 16 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

  • Feb

Moderate Challenging

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Tour codes: 12800

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Grade 5

Grade 6

1st Week - In La Palma  we only operate Grade 5 & 6

2nd Week - In La Gomera we only operate Grade 5

The walker’s haven that is La Palma offers a wide variety of walking which is perfect for our 2 Grade, 2 Leaders, 2 Walks option at a Grades 5 and 6. On the East of the island paths are greener through forests where on the West the island is much more barren.

Each day we will walk up to 6 hours with cumulative daily ascents and descents in the range of 750m depending on the grade of walk you choose to do. Some walks will have longer descents that can be towards 1000m especially on the Grade 6 walk.  The paths we take are rough and steep at times, but will be taken at a pace appropriate to the grade of the walk. The higher the grade walking programmes the higher ascents and duration will be. It is important to note that some walks maybe difficult for those affected by vertigo. The maximum altitude reached on either grade is over 2,400m.

The wild landscapes of La Gomera make for interesting and varied walking. This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descents of 750m with some walks being very much at the top of the grade with longer descents. Our maximum altitude on this holiday is 1,500m, you might find yourself walking above the clouds. Given that the island is on a volcano the terrain is rugged and will require a head for heights. Paths are mostly good, but there will be some steep and rough ground.

Please see our Proposed Itinerary below for more walk examples.

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the flexibility of choosing from two grades of walking each day on La Palma.
  • Walk the Ruta de los Volcanes – one of the truly memorable walks on La Palma.
  • Explore the National Park of Caldera de Taburiente which offers walking in stunning surroundings well above the clouds.
  • Enjoy our two seafront hotels.
  • Discover dramatic ridges, rugged scenery and lush green valleys of La Gomera.
  • Discover the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory with an introductory evening presentation at the hotel on La Palma

This holiday is a great combination of our popular 7 night La Palma and 9 night La Gomera holidays.

Take a walk on the wild side of La Palma, make your way through ancient green laurel forests and fragrant pine woods and climb above the tree line to discover a volcanic landscape like no other. Walk along the dramatic Ruta de Los Volcanes and ascend to over 1800m to the Pico Bejenado rim for a bird’s eye view down into the vast caldera.

La Palma is a green and beautiful island with a temperate climate and an impressive volcanic past. The National Park of Caldera de Taburiente offers wonderful walking in stunning surroundings. Apart from mountains and volcanoes here; the northern part of the island is very fertile, and bananas particularly are grown extensively.

The Roque de los Muchachos Observatory sits at the highest point of the island and is world famous. One evening prior to our walking day to the observatory we will have a renowned Astronomer give us a presentation after dinner about the observatory leading nicely to our walk the following day, and our entrance into the visitor's centre.

Our walking programme reflects the wide variety of walks, including along parts of the long-distance GR (Gran Recorrido) footpath which takes us to the southern tip of the island with its lighthouse and salt-pans nature reserve, as well as the dramatic Ruta de los Volcanes. Here we see up close evidence of volcanic activity over the centuries, and as recently as 2021 when a new mountain, Tajogaite, was formed.

We also visit the 15th century capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, with its picturesque streets, colourful architecture and waterfront cafés. This is just a 15 minute bus ride north from our hotel, which is situated in the district of Los Cancajos. We hire buses and the reliable local bus services to get all around the island on our walks.

Our first week has come to an end where we now head to Tenerife for one night before we take to the seas to Gomera for 9 nights. Days will be spent discovering the wild landscapes, dramatic scenery, deserted beaches and sleepy mountain villages of La Gomera in the best possible way – on foot. La Gomera is a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of other parts of the Canaries, an island that time and mass tourism forgot. Only accessible by ferry, it’s a tranquil island haven filled with a wild natural beauty that casts a spell on all who visit.

First glimpses from the boat from Los Cristianos in Tenerife suggest La Gomera is barren and deserted but this is deceptive. You will quickly discover traditional Canarian ‘white villages’, mountains, pine forests, dramatic cliffs and wildlife endemic to the island – it’s all here to explore and only add to the many reasons why discovering this island is a real pleasure.

Our centre on the island is Valle Gran Rey, a coastal resort about an hour’s drive from the capital of San Sebastian. Our hotel is situated on the seafront, a short distance from the beach and is close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Garajonay National Park. There are plenty of great walks from our hotel, enabling us to see the real beauty of the valleys and wonderful seascapes. Follow the path of mountain streams into fertile valleys bursting with lush vegetation and tropical mountain scenery, and across rugged volcanic mountains for unparalleled views across the island.

Our first and last nights are spent at a comfortable hotel in Costa Adeje, Tenerife. On our transfer days between islands, the planned ferry schedules allow us time to also have a walk, making the most of the hiking opportunities available.

Please note That some of the walks may be a little more challenging if the weather is inclement.

  • Return flights from London to La Palma and back from Tenerife South
  • Inter-island ferries and flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Coach and baggage transfers between centres
  • En-suite half board accomodation
  • All local transport costs.
  • Observatory Presentation
  • Entrances to the San Antonio Volcano and Roque de los Muchachos Visitors Centres
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to the Beautiful Island of La Palma!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Once we land into La Palma we then take a very short transfer by road to our hotel in Playa de los Cancajos where the rest of the day can be used to get to know the local area or relax by the pool.

Day 2 to 7

Sample Grade 5 & 6 Walks on La Palma

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During our time in La Palma there is a wealth of walking to be undertaken. So much in fact it is impossible to tell you all the options. Below is a selection of walks to give you a taste of what you can expect.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

San Antonio Volcano (Grade 5)

Today we take a hire bus ride to a tiny village called ‘Montes de Luna’, where we pick up a pathway which gently rises then falls as it contours its way around the south of the island to the town of Fuencaliente. Here, we stop for coffee in one of the charming bars before continuing down to the San Antonio Volcano. Here we watch an excellent short explanatory film in the Visitor Centre before venturing out on to the rim of the volcano which formed in the 1600s. It is now quite safe and the walk is protected by hand rails where needed. Our group looks down on even younger volcanoes (the youngest blew in 1971) before returning to the Visitor Centre. After lunch, we have another short walk.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/850m

San Antonio Volcano (Grade 6)

Our day begins very much the same as the Grade 5 walk however, after lunch, we continue down the island via some even younger volcanoes (the youngest blew in 1971) before reaching ‘Faro’ (lighthouse) where there is a small museum and a bar selling craft beers and cakes from the island.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700m

Ruta de los Volcanes (Grade 5)

Today we get back to business with serious hikes along the ‘spine' of the island. We take a taxi ride up the mountain road to ‘El Pilar' pass at around 1,450 metres above sea level, where we start our walks. Both groups hike (albeit at a different pace) up onto the spine. From the pass, we start off on the GR path, where we have truly amazing views back north to the whole Taburiente caldera. We may see the ‘Mar des Nubes' (sea of clouds) in the foreground, which we, hopefully, will be above by this stage! We continue over the peak of Barquita and down to the ‘Hoyo Negro' crater (it means black hole). From there, we then climb up to Pico Nambroque (our main target for the day) before returning on the main GR footpath all the way back to El Pilar for our return transfer.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    11.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/1400m

Ruta de los Volcanes (Grade 6)

We walk the same start of the Grade 5 walk before they peel off the GR path at the pass. From the pass, we stay on the GR path, bypassing the first few peaks and past the ‘Hoyo Negro' crater until we reach the dramatic ‘Volcan de la Deseada' – a spectacular volcano which is the highest on the spine. The (safe) climb up the rim is truly memorable and the 360- degree views are awesome. From there, we descend south (staying on the spine) to reach the ‘View of Views' – looking south to the Volcan de St Martin and beyond (on a clear day) out to sea and the islands of Tenerife, El Hierro and La Gomera. A steady descent to Fuencaliente completes this 18km classic walk to our return transfer.

  • Distance

    6.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    280/750m

Laurisilva Forest (Grade 5)

From a drop-off point at 1200m, we enter woodland in a micro-climate with birds and butterflies before reaching our main viewpoint at just under 1500m. Continuing on forest tracks we reach El Pilar leisure area with a Visitor Centre showing a video about La Palma. Having reached El Pilar on a shorter route, we can maintain a slower pace down to our pick-up point.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450/850m

Laurisilva Forest (Grade 6)

The beginning of our day follows our Grade 5 route before going our own way. The longer route to El Pilar will still allow time for the video, and the group has plenty of time to descend gradually on the same terrain as Grade 5 to El Paso.

Day 8

To Tenerife to join La Gomera

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we fly to Tenerife for one night to join the La Gomera holiday and most likely a new leader before we sail to Gomera the next day.

Day 9

On to La Gomera

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We have an early departure to the ferry terminal for the 1 hour crossing to San Sebastian, the capital of La Gomera.

On arrival our transfer bus takes us up into the Mountains and down into Valle Gran Rey. After checking in to our excellent hotel, we have the chance to explore the villages in the valley taking in the most northerly beach and a walk at the bottom of the cliffs at the southern end and walk past one of a small number of beaches where it is safe to swim in the sea. There will be time to stop for drinks and to have lunch and to point out the shops, restaurants and bars.

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Day 9 to 15

Sample Grade 5 walks on La Gomera

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The following walks will normally be included in our walking programme. Day 6 is often taken as a free day on which you can either relax in Valle Gran Rey or possibly walk to the waterfall up the Barranco de Arure or walk beyond the harbour area to a fruit garden.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

GARAJONAY - Our walk today takes us to the highest point on the island, Garajonay at 1487m. After the short climb and time to admire the 360 degree views we complete a circular route via the village of Imada finishing at Pajarito junction for our transport back to the hotel.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

GARAJONAY NATIONAL PARK - We take transport 20 minutes to the village of Arure. We ascend to the neighbouring village of Las Hayas for a mid-morning break and continue into the Garajonay National Park through lauirsilva and wax myrtle forest to Las Cresces for a picnic lunch. We continue our circular walk back to Bar Conchita in Arure for refreshment before our transport pick-up back to Valle Gran Rey. Plenty of time for swimming in the sea or relaxing by the hotel's rooftop swimming pool.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650/385m

ERMITA DE GUADALUPE & EL CERCADO - We travel to the village of Chipude at 1050m. We will walk to the Ermita de Guadalupe, a small hermitage set in a stunning location overlooking Valle Gran Rey. Taking a picnic lunch along the way we walk to El Cercado, known for its traditional pottery making. There will be time for a drink and a look at the pottery shops and perhaps the pottery museum before continuing to the end of the walk at La Laguna Grande recreation area.

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/750m

CHORROS DE ESPINA TO ALOJERA - We take transport to Chorros De Epina. Visiting the springs we hear about an ancient legend before continuing through hamlets and palm groves to complete our route to the village of Alojera and a final drink at Bar Perdomo.

Day 16

Return to Tenerife

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

In order to make the most of our time on La Gomera we include a walk on the transfer day back to Tenerife. Our coach takes us to the Camino Forestal de Majona above San Sebastian. The path rises 400m to a ridge passing through remote and rugged scenery, then descends to San Sebastian, with any luck allowing time to explore the town.

Those not wanting to walk can continue from the drop-off point by coach to San Sebastian to spend the day there. Everyone will then meet about an hour before the ferry sails to be reunited with their bags. We take the ferry back to Tenerife and then continue with a short transfer to Costa Adeje and our hotel.

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/750m

Day 17

Goodbye to the Canary Islands!

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to bid these charming islands a fond farewell as we head back to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

13th Feb 2025 - 1st Mar 2025 (16 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to La Palma and back from Tenerife South
  • Airport transfers by road c. 15 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

H10 Taburiente Playa Hotel

Nestled on the captivating island of La Palma, the H10 Taburiente Playa, Los Cancajos, offers a delightful retreat with its prime location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This modern and stylish hotel provides a seamless blend of comfort and sophistication for an unforgettable stay.

The H10 Taburiente Playa features well-appointed rooms, each designed to offer a comfortable sanctuary with amenities such as private balconies, air conditioning, and satellite TV. Guests can revel in the breathtaking views of the ocean or the hotel's lush gardens from the comfort of their rooms.

Indulge in a culinary journey at the hotel's buffet restaurant, where a diverse range of international and local dishes awaits. The themed dinners add a touch of variety to the dining experience. For a refreshing drink or a relaxing moment, the lobby bar and pool bar provide inviting settings.

The hotel boasts extensive leisure facilities, including outdoor swimming pools, a tennis court, and a mini-golf course, ensuring there's always an opportunity for relaxation and recreation. The H10 Taburiente Playa's entertainment program adds a lively touch, with live music and performances for guests to enjoy.

With its warm hospitality, stunning surroundings, and convenient access to local attractions, the H10 Taburiente Playa stands out as a perfect base for those seeking a memorable stay on the picturesque island of La Palma.

Costa Adeje Palace Hotel

The H10 Costa Adeje Palace, located on Tenerife's west coast, is your pinnacle of comfort and the perfect spot for your one-night stays at the beginning and end of your La Gomera holiday. This beachfront gem seamlessly combines contemporary elegance with a serene ambiance, ensuring an unforgettable experience in the Canary Islands.

The hotel's architecture integrates harmoniously with the surroundings, offering you spacious and well-appointed rooms with views of the ocean or verdant gardens. Enjoy modern amenities like air conditioning, satellite TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi for a comfortable and connected stay.

Indulge in relaxation at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace's exceptional amenities, including multiple outdoor pools, a spa and wellness center, and direct access to the pristine Playa de la Enramada beach. Keep your eyes open for paragliders overhead and landing on the beach.

Enhance your dining experience with buffet options featuring panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. With dedicated and friendly staff, the hotel is committed to creating a memorable experience for you.

Hotel Gran Rey

Nestled in the heart of La Gomera's picturesque Valle Gran Rey, Hotel Gran Rey invites you to experience tranquillity and comfort in an authentic island setting. This welcoming establishment seamlessly integrates its architecture into the lush surroundings.

Your room at Hotel Gran Rey, whether offering views of the valley or the Atlantic Ocean, provides comfort and thoughtful design. Equipped with modern amenities, including air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel's central location grants you easy access to the vibrant local life, and charming shops of Valle Gran Rey. Immerse yourself in the unique culture of La Gomera and relish the island's renowned relaxed atmosphere.

Hotel Gran Rey's outdoor spaces are a highlight, featuring a refreshing swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers and lush greenery. The terrace provides the perfect spot for you to unwind and soak in the stunning scenery.

With its friendly and attentive staff, Hotel Gran Rey creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, ensuring an an authentic and memorable stay in La Gomera.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

1st Week - In La Palma  we only operate Grade 5 & 6

2nd Week - In La Gomera we only operate Grade 5

The walker’s haven that is La Palma offers a wide variety of walking which is perfect for our 2 Grade, 2 Leaders, 2 Walks option at a Grades 5 and 6. On the East of the island paths are greener through forests where on the West the island is much more barren.

Each day we will walk up to 6 hours with cumulative daily ascents and descents in the range of 750m depending on the grade of walk you choose to do. Some walks will have longer descents that can be towards 1000m especially on the Grade 6 walk.  The paths we take are rough and steep at times, but will be taken at a pace appropriate to the grade of the walk. The higher the grade walking programmes the higher ascents and duration will be. It is important to note that some walks maybe difficult for those affected by vertigo. The maximum altitude reached on either grade is over 2,400m.

The wild landscapes of La Gomera make for interesting and varied walking. This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descents of 750m with some walks being very much at the top of the grade with longer descents. Our maximum altitude on this holiday is 1,500m, you might find yourself walking above the clouds. Given that the island is on a volcano the terrain is rugged and will require a head for heights. Paths are mostly good, but there will be some steep and rough ground.

Please see our Proposed Itinerary below for more walk examples.

Walks & Excursions

Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks

On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.

On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).

For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Flights: London to La Palma return from Tenerife South (Reina Sofia). (Manchester flights may be available on some dates – please check at the time of booking). 

Travel in the Canaries will be by ferry, road and on foot.  Approximate journey times are as follows:

  • La Palma Airport to Los Cancajos - 15 minutes (by road)
  • Tenerife South Airport to Costa Adeje - 30 minutes (by road)
  • Los Cristianos to San Sebastian - 90 minutes (by ferry)
  • San Sebastian to Valle Gran Rey - 60-90 minute (by road)

Travel on Tenerife to and from the airport will take around an hour by private transport.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included with dinners being taken in the hotel every night in La Palma and La Gomera.  

Lunches are not included but there are a wide range of supermarkets and bakery's in the nearby town centre to buy lunch provisions. Sometimes a walk will have a nice cafe on route to use for a bite to eat, your leader will tell you more at the evening briefings if this is an option.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

La Palma maps & guidebooks:

There is lots of literature that can help benefit your holiday.

Useful websites are:

www.spain.info
www.hellocanaryislands.com/la-palma
www.canaryislandsinfo.co.uk/la-palma/ 

Useful Maps:

1:30,000 Freytag and Berndt Hiking and Leisure map WKE2
1:50,000 Kompass
1:40000 Tour and Trail map (9/2017)

Useful guidebooks are:

  • Sunflower Guide (6th edition published 2010). A very limited selection of walks.
  • Walking on La Palma, the World’s Steepest Island, published by Cicerone
  • Rother walking guide - This detailed guide has 63 walks all over the island and is readily available, including the supermarket by the hotel. (2nd edition published 2008)

La Gomera Maps:

  • Discovery Tour and Trail’ 1:40,000
  • Kompass Map 231 la Gomera 1:30,000

A great book to look at for inspiration is the La Gomera the Rother Walking Guide available from Amazon and other bookstores. The Spain Tourist Office website may also be useful in planning your trip www.spain.info 

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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La Palma

  • Capital

    Santa Cruz de La Palma

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    n/a

  • Flight duration

    4.5 hours

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • February

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 57mm

  • March

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 33mm

  • April

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 19mm

  • May

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 7mm

  • June

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 1mm

  • August

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 1mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • October

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 41mm

  • November

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • December

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

Tenerife

  • Capital

    Santa Cruz de Tenerife

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    n/a

  • Flight duration

    4.5 hours

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    17.4°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • February

    17.4°C

    Avg. Rain: 38mm

  • March

    18.3°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • April

    19.1°C

    Avg. Rain: 13mm

  • May

    20.3°C

    Avg. Rain: 4mm

  • June

    22.3°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • July

    24.3°C

    Avg. Rain: 0mm

  • August

    25.2°C

    Avg. Rain: 0mm

  • September

    24.5°C

    Avg. Rain: 3mm

  • October

    22.7°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • November

    20.3°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • December

    18.6°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

La Gomera

  • Capital

    San Sebastián de La Gomera

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    n/a

  • Flight duration

    4.5 hours

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 160mm

  • February

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 148mm

  • March

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 140mm

  • April

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 159mm

  • May

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 132mm

  • June

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 99mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 90mm

  • August

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 105mm

  • September

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 115mm

  • October

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 145mm

  • November

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 165mm

  • December

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 139mm

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